Silver Lining

I have honestly had a very boring day in general, especially eats-wise. I have been going to sleep very late (not out of the ordinary for me) but I haven’t been waking up in time to prepare exciting things to eat in the morning and afternoon. I did have one of my favorite breakfast combos.

  • Cinnamon raisin english muffin with Laughing Cow Light wedge, orange


This combo is so filling and delicious! I had to eat this while sorting Christmas ornaments. I hope I didn’t ingest too much glitter which is something that covers my body from July (when we start receiving ornaments) to February (when we finally take the leftover Christmas things down)! I literally had a piece embedded in my widow’s peak for about 5 months. One of the dangers of the biz.

Tomorrow I’ll put up a picture of the tree we’re decorating right now. It is an Ephemeral theme. The colors are black, cream, silver and some gold. I love all things Ephemeral. If you don’t know, ephemera is basically vintage design like this…


I went for a quick lunch of chicken noodle soup and a side salad with my coworkers. I needed some comfort food like that. Today was going by slowly!

Patrick and I are running again tonight once he gets home from work. Here is my playlist..

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I’ve decided I prefer working out with songs I know by heart rather than ones I am just learning. Especially Silver Lining by Rilo Kiley. I don’t think I will ever tire of that song! I’m about to leave. Here’s hoping it is not as humid as it was the rest of the day.


Rainy Days and Tuesdays?

For not getting any rain over the summer, we sure are getting our fair share this fall. I am not complaining, either, because I adore the rain. When I wake up to a day like this, I would love to just stay inside, watch movies and read a book! Those days come few and far between though. So off to work I went! My breakfast this morning was super cinnamon-y.

  • Breakfast: Cinnamon Raisin Bagel with Cinnamon Raisin Swirl PB&Co.


This is really good but really sweet! I recommend saving it for dessert. I also had a cup of coffee from McDonald’s. My husband and I love coffee and like to grind our own beans but our coffeemaker broke recently. We have french press a lot but there just wasn’t time to make it this morning. We are still in the process of choosing a new coffeemaker. Any suggestions?

Today has been a better day! My husband had part of the morning off and was able to do a lot of things around the house while I was at work. I came home to spotless floors and organized spaces. Gotta love that! Thanks Patrick!

I have been telling one of my coworkers how much I want to try the Kashi Mayan Harvest Bake meal. I have not been able to find it because it’s pretty popular! She found it at the store and picked up two so I could try one. I used to eat a lot of tv dinners. Then I realized you can eat more for the same calorie content if you choose quality foods. I haven’t had one in over 2 months. I made an exception today and had this..


This was so good! It had a great mixture of spicy, sweet and rich flavors. It is also a vegan meal. It contains:

  • Plantains with roasted sweet potato, black beans and kale. Spicy ancho sauce with pumpkin seed garnish served over Kashi seven whole grain polenta, plus amaranth.

It was perfect for the rainy weather. Hearty, warm and filling. Definitely pick this one up!

You probably know that Caitlin is this week’s host of the Blogger Secret Ingredient (BSI). She chose pancake mix as the ingredient you must try to creatively prepare. I am really excited and have a few ideas that I’m going to work with tonight. Check back because I may post one later tonight!



Fall Fest Dinner

WordPress was down for a LONG time last night so I couldn’t post about my evening! When I came home from work, I continued what my husband began in the kitchen while he went to photograph a party. He had started a homemade French Onion soup. I’m glad I didn’t have to cut the onions because I cry like a baby every time I do! He had the onions “steaming” in the oven before we caramelized them. It smelled so good. We love French Onion.When he got home he finished them up on the stove. The whole concoction took about 3.5 hours from start to finish. He used this recipe:

I decided I wanted to try something new as a side dish so we had some root veggies (butternut squash, sweet potato, rutabaga). I diced them all pretty small and seasoned them with about 1.5 tbsp butter, cinnamon, a little brown sugar and salt. I thought about some cayenne or rosemary but decided I wanted them to be fairly sweet. They were so good even though Patrick didn’t like them very much. He ate them like a good boy though! We also had some Dogfish Head Punkin Ale. It was a great accompaniment to our meal which was full of delicious fall flavors!


It was finally cool enough outside for a meal like this and boy was I ecstatic! We watched The Office Wedding while we were eating and loved it. The Chris Brown “Forever” aisle dance made me laugh and cry. I know it was on YouTube this summer but I thought it was sweet that they recreated it. The whole episode was the feel good moment I needed for the day.

After we ate and did some things around the house, P said he wanted some frozen custard which sounded good to me too. We went to Shake’s and I got a small Mint Oreo Concrete (unpictured) and he got a medium Caramel Concrete. We listened to a good mix CD on our way over there. It had Fleet Foxes’ White Winter Hymnal which is one of my fave songs right now. I also found some new songs on the Indie Spotlight section of iTunes. 6 Day Riot’s Be With Me and Dear Reader’s Out Out Out. Very fun songs with funky female vocals. I was soo tired when we got home and fell asleep right away.

Today I’ve had some good eats which I’m going to briefly describe but I don’t have pictures. I had a cinnamon raisin english muffin with a Laughing Cow Light wedge. I also had an apple with breakfast. I got some awesome plain coffee from Madden’s which is a wonderful restaurant inside the shop where I work. It is also where I ate lunch. I got the Veggie Quesadillas off their vegetarian menu.

Description from web, minus tenderloin plus grilled veggies:
Tenderloin and portabella quesadillas in wheat
tortillas, avocado, chipotle sour cream, cotija cheese,
and greens tossed with sun-dried tomato pico de gallo

I had two wedges and half the salad with unsweet tea. My tablemates wanted dessert so I had the mini creme brulee. It is one of my favorite desserts ever and theirs is one of the best. I had some more coffee with dessert. I LOVE coffee! Now, to burn off that dessert I’m going to go do W6D2 of the couch to 5K. Then the hubby and I are going to shoot some pictures that a friend commissioned us to do of Downtown Bryan, Texas A&M and other locales. Fun fun. I hope everyone has a great and safe weekend!


See Mystery Lights

I woke up kind of late this morning since it was raining. So I couldn’t make whipped banana oatmeal. But I had a delicious Larabar PB&J bar. I love the short ingredients list. And the taste.

I also had some french press in my See Mystery Lights mug from the Thunderbird Hotel in Marfa, Texas. We went to Marfa last week to see Bon Iver in concert with Megafaun. They were amazing and well worth the 10 hour drive there on Thursday and 10 hours back on Friday. It was the most intimate and moving concert I have ever attended.

If you’re interested in indie or folk genres I really recommend Megafaun. Some folk, some jam and even some reggae. I did a hula hoop workout to their album the other night. And Bon Iver is just in a league all their own. Perfection.

For lunch I am having a peach chobani, kashi asiago crackers, a banana and an apple. I only had a little banana because I was super full. Also I got a diet cherry limeade from Sonic.

Not sure of our plans tonight yet though I imagine we may watch one of our Netflix sitting on the table. A Broke Down Melody is one choice. It’s a documentary by Jack Johnson. Or No Country for Old Men which was coincidentally filmed in MARFA. Small world.


Honey Citrus Sunflower

My lunch today is a little random because I forgot to pack leftover stew from last night. I had a Honey Oikos, sunflower seeds, a red pear and an orange. The citrus was a Lipton diet citrus green tea. This will fill me for the rest of the afternoon.

When I get home from work I will make a snack before my run with P-Honey (that’s my hubby!) Speaking of work we have some great music going in the store right now. A mix of Cat Power, Bon Iver, Hot Chip, many others..I adore music.

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